Khalid Mahdi is a Research Analyst and former Editor of the NATO's Arc of Crisis program at the NATO Association of Canada. Khalid holds a Master of Global Affairs (MGA) Degree from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Khalid also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Toronto. His research interests lie in the areas of East-Asian security, nuclear proliferation and security, and terrorism. In February 2015, Khalid received a Graduate Research Award for Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation from the Simons Foundation and Global Affairs Canada, for his position paper on the efficacy of multilateral export controls pertaining to the regulation of dual-use sensitive space technologies. Khalid can be reached at
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Adaptation and Assurance: NATO’s Response to the 21st Century Security Environment

In a series on NATO’s response to the 21st Century security environment, Khalid Mahdi discusses the key components of the Alliance’s Readiness Action Plan (RAP): adaptation and assurance. This week’s post analyzes the role of the NATO Response Force in strengthening the Alliance’s rapid response capabilities.

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Renewed Engagement: A Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy for the Future

With the election of Liberal government comes the ushering in of an era renewed defence priorities and foreign engagement for Canada. Khalid Mahdi discusses as an introduction to Panel 2 of Canada’s Defence Perspectives 2020-2050: Recapitalization and the Canadian Forces.

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Endless Incursions: Russian Overflights into Turkey and their Implications for NATO

Over the past few months, Turkey has experienced a significant number of unauthorized incursions into its territory by Russian military crafts. Khalid Mahdi analyzes the implications of these overflights against the backdrop of both the Syrian conflict and NATO-Russian relations.

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Iran’s Relations with the World After the Nuclear Accord: The Case of Iran and the IAEA

While Iran’s relations with the world have improved since the development of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Khalid Mahdi argues that the real success comes in the improvement of relations between the Islamic Republic and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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As Close as Lips and Teeth? A Re-examination of Chinese-North Korean Relations

Following North Korea’s third nuclear test in February 2013, China has been increasingly vocal in its displeasure of the country’s recent activities. This article questions whether relations between the two countries will endure under such turmoil.

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Who Says That Drones Are Just For Assassinations? A Recap of the May 8th Drones Roundtable

On May 8, 2013, the NATO Council of Canada held a roundtable discussion on the growing role of robots in warfare. The roundtable touched upon some of the tactical, legal and moral controversies surrounding the use of drones on the battlefield.